Two dead in protests after South Korea President's impeachment

2017-03-10 08:16
(Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP)

(Kim Do-hun/Yonhap via AP)

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Seoul - South Korean police say a second person has died in protests against a court's decision to remove President Park Geun-hye from office.

Police had no other details about the death on Friday. Hospital official earlier said that another person, a man in his 70s, died from head wounds after falling from a police bus in front of the Constitutional Court after it ruled to oust Park.

The official said the man, believed to be a Park supporter, was bleeding heavily when he arrived at the office and died at around 13:50.

Thousands of Park's supporters angrily reacted to the verdict, shouting and hitting police officers with flag poles and climbing on buses the police used to create a perimeter protecting the court.

South Korea's defence minister has ordered the military to be on alert for possible North Korean provocations attempting to exploit "unstable situations at home and abroad."

In a video conference on Friday with military commanders, Defence Minister Han Min Koo said North Korea can make "strategic or operational" provocations at any time. The North has test-fired ballistic missiles in recent weeks.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency has published a short dispatch on the court ruling in Seoul, anticipating that Park will now come under investigation as a "regular criminal."

The party of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye, meanwhile, says it "humbly accepts" the ruling by the Constitutional Court to remove Park from office and that it feels responsible for her downfall.

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